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Atomic physics

X-ray laser peels and cores atoms

The world's first kiloelectronvolt X-ray laser produces such a high flux of photons that atoms can be 'cored'. In other words, the light source can knock out both the electrons of an atom's innermost shell.

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Figure 1: Peeling and coring of atoms.

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Wark, J. X-ray laser peels and cores atoms. Nature 466, 35–36 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/466035a

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